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Top Obama strategist David Axelrod to advise Labour

17 April 2014

11:31 PM

17 April 2014

11:31 PM

The Labour Party has announced tonight that David Axelrod, the man who masterminded Obama’s two election victories, is to advise them in the run up to the next election.

Axelrod’s involvement will boost Labour morale. His willingness to sign up will be seen as a vote of confidence in Miliband and his strategy.

The role will pit Axelrod against Obama’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina who is consulting for the Tories. Labour, at the time , dismissed Messina as a press release hire and are tonight stressing that Axelrod is far more than that. The question now is , how actively involved will Axelrod be? The answer to that should be clearer once he has been to London next month.


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  • teampurple

    THIS GOVERNMENT AND ITS INSTITUTIONS (INCLUDING DAILY MAIL, THE SUN AND THE TELEGRAPH) WANT VOTERS TO BELIEVE THE MYTH THAT LABOUR WRECKED THE ECONOMY BUT VOTERS CANNOT BE FOOLED THAT EASELY. AFTER THE TORY HAS BEEN KICKED OUT OF POWER IN 2015 HERE ARE FEW THINGS PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER:

    – TORY GOVERNMENT PROTECTS ITS FEW RICH FRIENDS AND IGNORE THE POOR MAJORITY.

    – IT DEMONISED AND INSULTED UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS AND PORTRAYED THEM AS LAZY.

    – FORCING PEOPLE TO WORK WITHOUT BEING PAID OR PRESSURISING THEM TO DO LOW PAID JOBS WITH POOR CONDITIONS WHICH OTHERWISE THEY WOULDN’T DO BY THEIR OWN CHOICES IN ORDER TO BOOST LOW UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS.

  • Greenslime

    Six figure fee to come here for three days and then ‘be available’ for advice sessions during the campaign (presumably teleconferencing). Just goes to show that Labour has nothing to offer of its own. The definition of vacuity is one word: Labour

  • saffrin

    “His willingness to sign up will be seen as a vote of confidence in Miliband and his strategy.”

    His willingness to sign up will be all about contract fees. I doubt he has a care or knowledge of Labour’s history of habitual lies, their war crimes, the tens if not hundreds of thousands of unnecessary dead, their destruction of a once proud nation’s economy and moral, their treason or treachery.

    One thing is for sure, the electorate will see this as just another sign Labour hates Britain.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …problem is, the Camerloons hired the Oz guy and Messina and that Anita Dunn from Obama, so they’re pretty much the Millipedes’ clones.

  • Tommy Gilchrist

    There’s a lot to be said for both Messina and Axelrod; both are veteran campaigners, and both picked a winner in Obama. David Axelrod has picked his losers in the past.. most notably John Edwards in 2004.

    When asked about Edwards’ failed 2004 presidential campaign, Axelrod commented, “I have a whole lot of respect for John, but at some point the candidate has to close the deal and – I can’t tell you why – that never happened with John“. That seems to be exactly Ed Miliband’s ongoing problem.. http://goo.gl/E04OXZ

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Messina and Axelrod are careerist campaigning hacks, much like that Anita Dunn that worked for Obama, that Cameron hired. These are leftists, meaning LibLabCon are leftist clones.

  • Bluesman_1

    Another nail in the coffin of British Industry. It surely behoves our two main political parties to employ British turd polishers.

  • alabenn

    A weird looking man advising a man who is really weird.
    Look out for Miliband getting an unofficial invite to run around the White House trying to get a selfie with Obarmie.

  • Colin

    Does he have a work visa ?

  • Tom Tom

    This is perfect – two puppet parties getting US minders. Frankly it is time to drop the veil and admit Britain is simply another US satrapy like Puerto Rico

    • Wessex Man

      NEVER Vote UKip!

      • saffrin

        Missed punctuation or no?

        • Wessex Man

          I certainly have there but this old fool was out at a UKip party last night and am suffering!

          • Kitty MLB

            Got a bit of a headache have we.
            You should try the Scottish cure for a hangover,
            and they make em tough in the HIghlands.
            Ask Jambo.

  • Curnonsky

    Axelrod knows only one way to fight an election – the Chicago way. Dirty, personal, crooked, divisive, the only rules are that there are no rules. Labour have shown, by bringing him aboard, that they have given up the idea of making a case on the issues (of which Axelrod knows nothing, nor cares) – it will be all about identity politics and class warfare. Fasten your seatbelts, Britain, you are about to see just how low you can go.

    • you_kid

      the Aussie delivered the new low already – a new lower low you mean to say?

      • Curnonsky

        You have no idea.

    • telemachus

      Axelrod was inspired by Kennedy
      He has a dream of making things better and fairer
      That is why he is a boon for the election

      • Bo Williams

        Do you know anything of Chicago Democrats machine politics? The idea that anyone heavily involved in Chicago politics “dreams of making things better” is risible.

        • telemachus

          To make things better requires low cunning
          We should applaud

          • Kitty MLB

            We are not really in to dirty politics in the UK,
            we are not Americans.Also telemachus dear chap, You cannot make a silk purse out of
            a pigs from a pig’s ear.

            • Wessex Man

              Kitty, you are soo wrong, theres nothing dirter that the squalid Lib/dum/Con/Lab/Green political machine in the world!

            • telemachus

              Not dirty politics
              What about the recent media assassination of your leader by the Times

              • Kitty MLB

                Cameron is my leader Telemachus ( well technically, and unfortunately )
                not the lovely Nigel Farage, but I have been made a honorary
                UKIP person and a honorary Scots person, but in reality I’m not either.

                • telemachus

                  Glad to hear that
                  But back to low cunning
                  For the reasonable to regain power any means are justified

                • Kitty MLB

                  Well technically speaking he might not be.
                  But I’m not telling a nosy parker like you,
                  Miss Marple.

                • telemachus

                  My wife would be offended by that dear Kitty

                • Wessex Man

                  you have a wife?

                • telemachus

                  Sorry
                  Partner

                • Colonel Mustard

                  You had a husband the other day. Make your mind up.

                • telemachus

                  Names and relationships

                  What do they mean

                  *

                  The type of family to which the urban and rural proletariat has grown accustomed is one of these, legacies of the past. There was a time when the isolated, firmly-knit family, based on a church wedding, was equally necessary to all its members. If there had been no family, who would have fed, clothed and brought up the children? Who would have given them advice? In days gone by, to be an orphan was one of the worst fates imaginable. In the family of old, the husband earns and orts his wife and children. The wife for her part is occupied with housekeeping and with bringing up the children as best she can. The customs and moral principles of family life are changing as the general conditions of life change.
                  *
                  And on

                • saffrin

                  God forbid you ever advise children.
                  Grow up as mad as hatters and as bent as a nine bob notes so they will.

                • Hexhamgeezer

                  You can buy anything online these days.

              • Wessex Man

                You call that pathetic diatribe a media assassination? Every time they have a pop at UKip our approval ratings go up!

                • telemachus

                  Mark my words
                  The sleaze tag will stick

                • saffrin

                  Yet you still vote Labour.

          • Colonel Mustard

            Heed Bo you appalling little man. “Low cunning” is not something anyone should applaud. But the “low cunning” of your party is long overdue for public condemnation and vilification.

      • Fergus Pickering

        Kenedy? Ah, the serial adulterer who started the Vietnam war. That Kennedy.

        • Bluesman_1

          Or the drunk who flees the scene of a death he caused or the bootlegger.

          • Wessex Man

            or the one who organised the demise of my favourite dumb blond!

            • Kitty MLB

              Was Marilyn Monroe really dumb? She may have just been
              acting dumb to appease the chaps of her time.
              Yet she was hardly Audrey Hepburn-who was intelligent,
              witty and gracious.

              • Wessex Man

                I concede that to you Kitty dear, apparantly she was very bright but was frightened to show it around those great democrats the Kennadys, whose father wanted the States to make a pact with tele’s hero Htiler. (see below)

                • telemachus

                  My actual hero did for him

          • Fergus Pickering

            You say true, O Bluesman.1

        • telemachus

          No
          Kennedy the energetic radical that inspired a generation
          Including telemachus

          • Bluesman_1

            Aah, Calum.

          • Makroon

            Oh! you mean NIGEL Kennedy !

      • Colonel Mustard

        Ah yes, this long running “dream” that your party never wakes up from but that everyone else experiences as a nightmare. You had 13 years in power with a buoyant economy and an effective majority in Parliament yet still your party could not make this “dream” come true, but instead inflicted a nightmare.

        You are like a broken record droning “This time, this time . . . ” and making the same empty boasts and hollow promises you have always done.

        “Better and fairer” – what crock. More divisive and bitter is the crop your party sows. And it does so encouraged by delusional little liars like you.

        • telemachus

          There are millions suffering under the yoke of Osborne’s oppression who cannot wait for a return ofbthevreasonable next May

          • Colonel Mustard

            Stop being so silly.

          • Makroon

            Red-the-very-reasonable ?
            I thought you were an Ed-the-charismatic-one-and-slitherer-out-of-traffic-offences, man, what caused the change of heart?

            • telemachus

              Stages Makroon stages
              We had to endure Blair to get to Brown

          • Fergus Pickering

            I love it! You are a continual delight.

      • ButcombeMan

        If he analyses well he will surely suggest dumping “the charismatic one”, the single most important electoral disadvantage Labour has.

        Milliband has not got the balls to do it. He knows he should.

        • telemachus

          He is the single most attractive personality in the movement

          • Kitty MLB

            Maybe some prunes with breakfast will
            suitably help with the ghastly Labour ‘ movement ‘ issues and flush it away.

            • telemachus

              You clearly did not read recent evidence debunking the effect of prunes on the bowels
              On the other hand your ideas for dealing with political opponents are attractive and could with effect be applied to Farage and his miscreants
              *
              To the benefit of us all

              • Colonel Mustard

                “us all”? You better re-check the 2010 GE results you boastful, hubris-bloated little man. 29% of a 65% turnout, that is all.

                So about 19% if you are lucky give or take a load of Lib Dem defectors.

                • telemachus

                  According to Bagozzi et al., pride can have the positive benefits of enhancing creativity, productivity, and altruism

          • ButcombeMan

            It is always a delight when you mention the chap. It allows me to remind the audience of the monumental folly of having him as Shadow Chancellor. The connection with the “Great Leader” and their joint foolishness in creating “The Big Brown Mess”, is too fresh in the public memory, for him to be an electoral asset.

            Remember, he was not Red Ed’s first choice.

            Even now, ad agencies are preparing the copy, “Don’t let this man, help destroy again, what we have repaired”.

            • telemachus

              You forget and deny the man’s charisma
              He makes folks smile

          • saffrin

            A queers comment.

    • Barakzai

      The Chicago way harnessed to the (chief paymaster McCluskeyite) Liverpool way.

      1980s militant class warfare, then, just what the country needs . . .

    • Kitty MLB

      No offence, but I deplore the way the US runs its elections.
      Those wretched political adverts that besmirch a persons
      Character and act in totally unprincipled manner.
      They say if your political opposite number can
      define you before you even open your mouth then you have
      already lost.Which happened to that suitable and excellent
      chap Mitt Romney. Mind you he would have won if it
      wasn’t for hurricane sandy and Obama looking
      presidential whilst the other chap was helping out
      in soup kitchens.

      • Wessex Man

        My dear Kitty, Obama never looked presidental, he had an easy ride against second rate contenders, he’s by far the worst ineffective President yet inflicted on the States and bu gum have they had some turkeys!!

        • Kitty MLB

          Obama is quite dreadful and he played the race card,racism
          is colourless! He’s good at speeches but not much else.
          Also the tea party bunch never helped Romney.
          They have some characters though, the white witch lady and
          Sarah Palin, make our lot look quite dull .

          • Wessex Man

            well yea, I can’t imagine Harriett Harperson standing in fron of cameras sayiny I am not a witch, we would know she’s lying!

            • Wessex Man

              or Maria Miller for that matter!

              • Makroon

                Nigel Farage and Sarah Palin would make a pigeon pair though.

        • Makroon

          Yes, and La Clinton will have the same easy run against the latest clueless, plastic, neo-Con spouting, Republican “candidate”.

          The Brown gang doing the hopey-changey thang, ha-ha you couldn’t make it up. “Hopeful change back to Brownite chaos” that should win a few votes.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …La Clinton is far more conservative than your socialist buddy Call Me Dave, lad.

    • Wessex Man

      come now, ‘fasten our seatbelts, Britain’ our three ‘main political parties’ have much that they can teach Axelrod.

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